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What A Day cuts through all the chaos and crimes to help you understand what matters and how you can fix it—all in just 15 minutes. Comedian Akilah Hughes and reporter Gideon Resnick break down the biggest news of the day, share important stories you may have missed, and show you what “Fox & Friends” would sound like if it were hosted by two people whose parents read to them as children. New episodes Monday through Friday at 5 a.m. EST.
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Exit Sandman

Exit Sandman

2020-04-0922:584

Senator Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, but his ideas may live on. Vice President Joe Biden is now the presumptive democratic presidential nominee. We look at how we got here. Then, we talked to Clare Malone, senior political writer at Five Thirty Eight, about the Defense Production Act - and why the administration may not fully understand it. And in headlines: Nicaragua's missing president, detainees released, and why President Trump thinks now is a good time to mine the moon.
Lawmakers are considering a second relief package to provide assistance to people who were left out of the last bill. Some also want to add a rent moratorium, Medicare and Medicaid expansion, and more. We talk to Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) to learn about those efforts. And in headlines: a naval secretary steps down after comments about commander Brett Cozier, the UFC moves its octagon to a private island, and historians uncover one of the earliest uses of the F-bomb.
Wisconsin will be moving forward with in-person voting today, despite efforts to postpone the election for the sake of public health. We check in on what’s happening there and in other states set to vote soon. Plus, we interview Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes about the election and what this means for November. And in headlines: the ACLU sues to block parts of Puerto Rico’s coronavirus curfew, chaste pandas mate in Hong Kong, and the Mississippi governor makes time to honor fallen racists.
We interview Keri Blakinger, a reporter at The Marshall Project who covers prisons, on how jails and detention centers are managing release of inmates to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and how the urgent push to get people out is affecting former inmates.  Government officials say the coming two weeks could be the most difficult yet as some states approach their potential peaks for COVID-19. Other states have begun to ramp down. We discuss that as well as new demographic data that paints an early picture of who is disproportionately affected by the virus.
The View From The ICU

The View From The ICU

2020-04-0324:105

We interview Dr. Shaoli Chaudhuri, a resident at Columbia Medical Center in Manhattan, about what she’s seeing in the Covid-19 epicenter as doctors treat a growing number of patients with the virus - and healthcare workers themselves are getting sick.  An astonishing 6.6 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the US last week, and there’s a growing concern that coronavirus tests aren’t as accurate as many thought.  And in headlines: four major storms predicted for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season, lock up your Zoom, and Jeff Sessions clings on to a fake friend.
We talk to acting President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Alexis McGill Johnson about the state of reproductive rights during the pandemic, and the efforts several Republican-governed states have taken to restrict abortion access as part of their coronavirus response.  Congress is looking at a Phase 4 deal, which could include infrastructure projects. And the Trump administration will not reopen the ACA marketplace, which would’ve allowed uninsured people and people who recently lost their jobs to easily enroll.  And in headlines: Public Enemy pulls this year’s only April Fools prank, T-Mobile eats Sprint, and the FCC might make our Internet faster.
Curve Your Enthusiasm

Curve Your Enthusiasm

2020-04-0124:224

We interview New York Times reporter Caitlin Dickerson about the far-reaching effects the pandemic is having on people in our immigration system: asylum seekers, DACA recipients, undocumented workers, ICE detainees and more.  The Trump administration has finally spoken up about their projections for the loss of life that America might experience as a result of Covid-19. Plus, we discuss the current recommendations on face-masks as protection against the virus.  And in headlines: Hungarian PM Viktor Orban is given unchecked power, Idaho's governor passes transphobic laws, and a fancy baby clothes company pitches in for coronavirus relief.
Efforts to bring unhoused people inside have been growing as the coronavirus outbreak takes hold, but advocates say there’s more to be done. We talk to Chris Ko, of the United Way in Los Angeles, to learn more about the situation in that city.  Workers across the country are feeling the impact of the pandemic. Employees at Macy’s, The Gap, and Kohl’s have been furloughed, while employees at Amazon, Instacart, and Whole Foods are going on strike.  And in headlines: the DOJ investigates Senator Richard Burr’s stock trades, sold-out chickens, and an astrophysicist fights Covid-19 by putting metal in nose.
Mutual-aid networks, which allow neighbors and community members to pool resources, have blossomed during the coronavirus crisis. We interview Christine Gatson-Michalak, co-founder of the Claremont Mutual Aid Project, about the biggest needs right now.  Trump held a press conference yesterday, where he said among other things that social distancing measures will continue until April 30. So our promised Easter Egg hunts will be taking place in our apartment living rooms.  And in headlines: Shaq misses meetings at Papa John’s, twisters in Arkansas, and the EPA rolls back protections during the pandemic.
Live From The Epicenter

Live From The Epicenter

2020-03-2723:376

The United States now has the most known COVID-19 cases in the world. We discuss the areas that have been hit hardest and how they’re handling the outbreak  Epidemiologist and host of “America Dissected” Dr. Abdul El-Sayed answers more of your most pressing COVID-19 questions. And in headlines: the US indicts Maduro, a half-billion dollar legal win for Maryland HBCUs, and Meghan Markle’s first post-Royal gig.
The senate approved a nearly $2 trillion relief package to respond to the coronavirus pandemic yesterday, after a day of delays and a lot of debate. We discuss what made it into the bill and what didn’t with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. And in headlines: three states restrict abortion access during Covid-19, everyone’s getting a pandemic pet, and Dr. Dre and Mister Rogers get recognized by the Library of Congress.
Equipment shortages, exposure, and empathy: we hear from healthcare workers who are fighting Covid-19 on the front lines.  Plus, what Democrats are fighting for in the government coronavirus relief package and what Republicans are willing to concede. And how authorities are handling things in New York now that it’s become the epicenter of the US coronavirus outbreak.  And in headlines: Liberty University re-opens its doors, Colorado abolishes the death penalty, and YouTube goes low rez.
Don't Slow My Scroll

Don't Slow My Scroll

2020-03-2422:303

Is America’s internet prepared for all of us to be online all of the time? We interview FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to get her answer. And we discuss how to close digital divide to make sure all students can continue their education online through the pandemic. Trump is suggesting that the economic slowdown resulting from social distancing could be “worse” than the pandemic, and more in the latest Covid-19 news.  And in headlines: Bloomberg sued, New Jersey releases inmates, and alcohol brands get busy making hand sanitizer.
We interview Alexis Madrigal, staff writer at the Atlantic and founder of The COVID Tracking project, about the current state of coronavirus testing and why it took so long to get started.  Congress still hasn’t reached a deal on the coronavirus relief bill. We discuss where things stand, with five Republican senators in self-isolation and one recently diagnosed with Covid-19.  And in headlines: Kentucky does voter suppression while no one is looking, less traffic and pollution, and streaming services cut bit rates in the EU.
We’re joined once again by physician and former Detroit health commissioner Dr. Abdul El-Sayed to discuss Covid-19. We ask him how to evaluate the success of containment strategies, whether you can get coronavirus twice, and more. Congress is still hashing out the details on a the relief bill. Meanwhile, unemployment claims are skyrocketing.  And in headlines: Senators sell off stock ahead of the pandemic, free cheesecake at The Factory, and Representative Tulsi Gabbard drops out of the race.
Senator Cory Booker joins us to discuss a proposal he’s drafted with fellow senators to give payments to Americans to help them through the pandemic, and how the current situation reveals the flaws in America’s safety net systems.  The Senate passed the House Bill on paid sick leave to help some US workers affected by Covid-19.  And in headlines: an earthquake near Salt Lake City, Russian archeologists discover bone house, and the US and China have an old fashioned journalist fight.
Yesterday, three states voted in the first post-pandemic-declaration elections of the presidential primary, and former Vice President Joe Biden won in all three.  Plus, we interview Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon about switching to vote by mail as the primaries continue.  And, Several Democratic Senators have been calling for direct cash payments for all Americans under a certain income level. And in headlines: Tom Brady leaves the Patriots, Duncan Hunter sentenced, and Big Brother’s german cast finds out about coronavirus.
Pandemocracy!

Pandemocracy!

2020-03-1728:269

Covid-19 has hit the US economy hard, devastating the stock market and prompting limited hours and layoffs around the country. We talk to Annie Lowrey, a staff writer at the Atlantic, to help us parse the economic impact of the virus.  Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Arizona were set to go to the polls today on yet another important day of voting in the presidential primary. We go through the different ways states are planning to hold a vote (or not) during a pandemic.  And in headlines: France fines Apple $1 billion, Starbucks doesn’t want you to stick around, and the SCOTUS postpones arguments due to Covid-19 concerns.
Covid-19 continues to upend events, entire healthcare systems, and economies worldwide. We discuss the latest updates, including a new CDC recommendation on gatherings of 50 people or more and a bill working its way through congress that would help workers who’s jobs have been affected by the pandemic.  Sunday brought us the first one-on-one debate between former VP Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders. The two candidates were asked about everything from their hand hygiene to their prior, extensive voting records.  And in headlines: Bill Gates steps away from Microsoft, Disney gives us Babu Frik early, and Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz wins a thin majority in Israel.
Physician and former Detroit health commissioner Abdul El-Sayed comes on the show to discuss Covid-19. We ask him about the government response, how to avoid overloading our healthcare system, and what we can take from the way other countries have responded. Subscribe to the new season of his podcast “America Dissected” to stay up to date on everything you need to know about coronavirus.  Plus, we’ll look at Covid-19 on the campaign trail: both former VP Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders gave remarks on Thursday offering blistering critiques of the Trump administration’s handling of coronavirus and spoke about their own plans for the pandemic.  And in headlines: the stock market chews through a big money infusion, a planet rains hot iron, and the ACLU investigates facial recognition technology.
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Comments (59)

Jennifer Kolwey

Hi guys, love WAD and listen to it daily on my work commute (I'm an essential worker). Just wanted to let Giddy know....in today's ad he kept saying you could listen to non-fiction books with blinkist but then his example was LOTR which we all know is a fictional book 🙂

Apr 7th
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Michelle Barrow

Please don't assume that all landlords are well off and can afford to skip a month of pay. They have bills to pay also.

Apr 6th
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Matthew Graham

y'all are awesome, great episode!! much love from the epicenter of the US - Seattle :)

Mar 12th
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Jeff David

You don't yadda-yadda pandemics!!!

Feb 27th
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Tatyana Noyb

"and that's my kind of satallite caucuse!!" got me out of bed laughing 🤣

Feb 7th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

Tommy! yay! If Akilah Hughes had to be out, he's a good dude. But just to be clear, I miss you, @AkilahObviously. Your laugh makes my morning better. (((sappy af but truuuuue)))

Feb 4th
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James W

I love the new host, she's awesome! I like Akilah but the pod is much better with Erin

Jan 29th
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Tatyana Noyb

Yay Mrs doubtfire reference ;)

Jan 17th
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Tatyana Noyb

Why does every discussion everywhere ends in throwing arms up and saying voters must be confused and surely aren't following all the details. We're diverse :) if you're a Moore follower, for example, he nearly cried from disappointment with Warren on his pod today. Also, the Bernie movement IS picking up. Sunrise, etc. When AOC endorsed Burnie just weeks ago I found that risky. Now I get it. In primaries vote for your dream and stop setting the bar low.

Jan 16th
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Tatyana Noyb

Omg, now I have to watch puppy monkey baby. Damn it lol.

Jan 9th
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Brent Russell

I enjoy getting a quick update on American news before I start my day. As to other comments about political bias, I think that since everyone at Crooked wears their affiliations on their sleeve, its fair.

Jan 6th
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Rebecca Charles

so..... I'm going to need you guys to get back now. I've gotten so used to listening every morning on my way to work that its getting rough. come back! i need my WAD fix!

Jan 3rd
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Rebecca Charles

Waconda is real! no matter what the DNR says! you guys should just randomly do a show from there. townofwakonda.org

Dec 21st
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Betsy Stephens

Today's lesson: Do your own research because literally everything can be skewed to the perception of the person presenting it. Side lesson: Partisanship is ruining this country.

Dec 10th
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A. E. Bedz

Orange is obviously the best starburst flavor, not even debatable.

Dec 6th
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Betsy Stephens

2 things. 1 -- Akilah's "if you're into reading" bit really should have been about cold read headlines, bc holy smokes 2 -- The USDA policy changes literally make me sick to my stomach. I'm going to do a bit more research but I think it's time to circle the wagons and start taking care of our own, since we obviously can't trust the people who have the most wealth to help.

Dec 5th
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amir moznebi

hi

Dec 5th
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Jutan Cross

really loved this episode 😁💗

Nov 28th
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Hessah

I tried .. I sincerely tried .. The Show lacks objectivity and quite opinionated!

Nov 28th
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Betsy Stephens

Just once, I want someone in politics to say "I'm not the same person now that I was 8 years ago. I've learned and grown and what I said was wrong and this is how I know that: *insert current views and reasoning here*" Real people say things they regret. they change their opinions as they learn and grow, and they talk about why those opinions have changed. I don't understand why people are afraid to admit they screwed up

Nov 27th
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